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Edge10
Edge10 Community member Posts: 9 Connected
Hi all, I am new here I have recently came out of my 20 NHS job due to fibromyalgia and currently in the process of claiming my NHS pension. My anxiety is through the roof with all this I’ve been on pain management courses. My rheumatologist diagnosed me in 23 with fibromyalgia, I also have chronic migraines where I can collapse about five times a month I have angina and also diagnosed with post-traumatic stress post-traumatic stress or sound to work related issue. I have had CBT therapy for it but I’m still getting flashbacks. I was bullied at work, although I’ve let a few people close family read my occupational health report , he has put an bedbound most days. He’s also put things in the near future. My post-traumatic stress will improve with more medication and CBT. My worry is he’s put on the report. I suffered with widespread pain from 2020, and also post-traumatic stress from them I’ve been reading  Online where people have been knocked back for the NHS pensions with fibre myalgia because they’ve said once they get their anxiety and depression and stuff like that sorted the fibromyalgia symptoms will ease. I can’t even wash myself now I need assistance with this I’m just so worried sick, I wish I could go out still work  I am 54 years of age and I would love any help with this please if anyone has been successful in gaining their pension due to fibromyalgia 

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  • luvpink
    luvpink Community member Posts: 138 Pioneering
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    Edge10 said:
    Hi all, I am new here I have recently came out of my 20 NHS job due to fibromyalgia and currently in the process of claiming my NHS pension. My anxiety is through the roof with all this I’ve been on pain management courses. My rheumatologist diagnosed me in 23 with fibromyalgia, I also have chronic migraines where I can collapse about five times a month I have angina and also diagnosed with post-traumatic stress post-traumatic stress or sound to work related issue. I have had CBT therapy for it but I’m still getting flashbacks. I was bullied at work, although I’ve let a few people close family read my occupational health report , he has put an bedbound most days. He’s also put things in the near future. My post-traumatic stress will improve with more medication and CBT. My worry is he’s put on the report. I suffered with widespread pain from 2020, and also post-traumatic stress from them I’ve been reading  Online where people have been knocked back for the NHS pensions with fibre myalgia because they’ve said once they get their anxiety and depression and stuff like that sorted the fibromyalgia symptoms will ease. I can’t even wash myself now I need assistance with this I’m just so worried sick, I wish I could go out still work  I am 54 years of age and I would love any help with this please if anyone has been successful in gaining their pension due to fibromyalgia 
    Hi
    I got my nhs ill health retirement pension at age 47 after a 3 year battle with my employer and the support of my union.
    I got it for fibromyalgia and other health issues, a work related injury.
    I was diagnosed by 2 different specialist rheumatologists but my employer occupational health doctor wrote a report stating that I could improve in the future and that made things extremely difficult for me trying to get my ill health retirement pension, despite reasonable adjustments in the work place did not work out for me and I was just in too much pain and exhaustion to continue working.
    It caused me an enormous amount of stress and anxiety and consequently my health got worse over time.
    My employer were completely unsuportive and the union werent much better but after 3 years I was finally granted my pension from the nhs.
  • Edge10
    Edge10 Community member Posts: 9 Connected
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    Thanks so much for your reply 
    my O/H wrote when ask do they think I could basically work his reply was 

    Please summarise information you consider to be relevant to this member's long term incapacity for any regular employment.

     attempted to return to largely desk-based duties with some home workin‹ and struggled to carry out tasks such as sitting at her desk, typing or using the telephone due to the severity of her symptoms. She does not report improvement symptoms with interventions tried to date. I think if the level of pain persists, functioning is likely to remain severely limited, and would not be capable any regular employment.

  • luvpink
    luvpink Community member Posts: 138 Pioneering
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    Edge10 said:
    Thanks so much for your reply 
    my O/H wrote when ask do they think I could basically work his reply was 

    Please summarise information you consider to be relevant to this member's long term incapacity for any regular employment.

     attempted to return to largely desk-based duties with some home workin‹ and struggled to carry out tasks such as sitting at her desk, typing or using the telephone due to the severity of her symptoms. She does not report improvement symptoms with interventions tried to date. I think if the level of pain persists, functioning is likely to remain severely limited, and would not be capable any regular employment.

    I would imagine that is enough evidence to support your claim for ill health retirement, however in my own experience they made it as difficult as possible and they were completely unsupportive even though they accepted that reasonable adjustments had been unsuccessful.
    I found it astonishing that such an organisation had so little empathy or knowledge the impact that fibromyalgia could have on an individuals lack of ability to function and I had to endure 3 years of meetings with them to try to justify my request to be granted ill health retirement.
    It had a detrimental effect on my health but I got there in the end with perseverance.
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  • Edge10
    Edge10 Community member Posts: 9 Connected
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    Sorry Luvpink 

    it posted my last post before I could write I’m so sorry to hear it took you 3 years and the effects this had on you I hope your feeling a bit better now 
  • Edge10
    Edge10 Community member Posts: 9 Connected
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    That is that is so shocking what you had to go through as we both know fibromyalgia is so debilitating to live with and yet you have to suffer three years worth of more anxiety and stress. I’m so sorry to hear you have to deal with that
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